1-2-3 Magic users here? I'm reading the book and really want to start
implementing this soon but I'm unsure of how to deal with a few
particular situations and haven't found answers in the book.
One thing Nikolai likes to do lately is kick the crap out of his legs
when I'm changing his diaper. Not fun in general but terrible if it's
poopy. I obviously can't give him an immediate time out after a 3 count
if he has a poopy diaper half on and half off and at this point
probably poop everywhere. So what do I do? Finish changing him and
then give him a time out? It can be 5 minutes before I manage to get
him changed (or at least it feels that way).
to pour water out of the tub at bath time. This isn't a habit yet but
he's done it a few times. Again, I can't give him
an immediate time out. I at least have to get him rinsed and out of
the tub. So again, just do it as soon as he's out of the tub (and get
him out as quickly as possible)?
consistency is key but what if I feel like I overreacted in counting him
(like maybe it shouldn't have been a countable offense - maybe it was
more that it annoyed me rather than being something that is out and out
misbehaving)? Should I follow through with the time out or stop
counting and let him do whatever he was doing? I feel like giving in is
undermining my discipline.